Approximate Purchase Date: Anywhere between 2/5/2013 and 2/9/2013
Budget Range: $1500 / After Shipping
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming/ Surfing the web.
Are you buying a monitor: Yes
Parts to Upgrade: Starting completely new!
Do you need to buy OS: Yes I'm leaning torwards windows 7
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I'm not to picky. I'm most familiar with Amazon and Newegg. On Amazon I'm a prime member so I can get quick shipping.
Location: Missouri, There are best buys, micro centers.....all of that good stuff here!
Parts Preferences: I would like to stray from AMD
SLI or Crossfire: No I will most likely use one video card.
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 preferably
Additional Comments: I would like for the case to look nice, a nice view of the inner workings! I would like to have some fans that light up in a cool color so it is pretty to look at. Noise isn't much of an issue as long as its not too out of hand!
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I'm currently playing on a laptop and i only get about 30fps in most games that I play on med-high settings and I don't like that. I want to be able to play games on max settings with a high fps. I play a lot of World of Warcraft and steam based games. My laptop gets very hot even with a cooling pad.
CPU is as high as you want to go. i7's are not worthwhile for gaming.
CPU cooler is cheap and effective. Will get you a moderate overclock (4-4.2 GHz) if you decide to go that route.
Motherboard is good quality but also good price since you don't need full SLI or Crossfire suport.
RAM - Basically make sure its CAS 9 or less and low profile so CPU cooler doesn't obstruct it. Normally I wouldn't suggest more than 8GB for gaming but I was under budget.
SSD - I love the Vertex 4 Could maybe have saved elsewhere and got a 256GB but I decided otherwise.
GPU is a beast. At 1920 x 1080 you will easily play max/ultra settings on most games.
Case - I'm not a fan of LED's and side windows so it was a tough choice! Antec make good cases though and this looks nice.
PSU - stick with Corsair, Seasonic, XFX, some Antecs... the known 'quality' brands. Don't be tempted by a cheap Coolermaster (aka crappermaster).
Monitor - not my strong area but its 23" with IPS and has a 5ms response time. Seems a good deal to me?
Those build's look great! I've never seen that graphics card before, is it better than the 660 ti that everyone talks about? Would i be able to run games on ultra with these builds? Feel free to post more build's !
Either of the 2 builds posted so far should manage Ultra settings on the majority of games when using a single 1920 x 1080 monitor. If you moved up to a higher resolution or gaming in dual monitors you might have to turn AA down/off in some games.
I was reading reviews on the motherboard and it seem that a lot of people are having issues, have you used this motherboard yourself? If so how was your experience with it? Can you possibly suggest a couple more mother board options?